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Lara-Perez headline first GBP ShoBox


Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Erislandy Lara (10-0, 6 KOs) will take on former title challenger Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Golden Boy Promotions' first event on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation series on April 2.

Featherweight prospect Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KOs), of Miami by way of Cantano, Puerto Rico, will be in the televised co-feature at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“We’re proud to present our first ShoBox event and we promise that fans will see the quality of fights they’re accustomed to on the series,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Danny Perez will be Erislandy Lara’s toughest test to date and a fight I’m really looking forward to.”

Perez, a 33-year-old technician from Carlsbad, Calif. who fought Antonio Margarito in a welterweight title bout in 2002, is coming off a 12-round decision loss to Carlos Molina last June. However, the veteran won three fights in 2008, including decisions over Mexican standout Julio Cesar Garcia and fringe contender Eric Mitchell.

Lara, a 26-year-old former amateur star from Cuba, is coming off an impressive 10th-round stoppage of fringe contender Grady Brewer in January.

Also competing on April 2 will be a host of undefeated prospects, including Puerto Rico’s 6-foot-1 featherweight Hector Sanchez (18-0, 8 KOs), 2008 U.S. Olympic heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (8-0, 8 KOs) and New Jersey’s 20-year-old lightweight Mike Perez (6-0-1, 3 KOs).